Canada immigration backlog exceeds 2M, applicants in limbo

Latest numbers (mid-April). One of the ironies of IRCC’s move to monthly reporting for most data sets (welcome improvement), is that data on inventory (neutral term that includes backlogs) was dropped from public data tables:

Canada continues to be one of the top destinations for immigrants around the world. But the increasing backlogs, exhausting processing times and lack of communication and transparency are causing mounting frustrations among those seeking their Canadian dream.

According to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published by the immigration news website CIC News, the backlogs have increased to more than 2 million applications across all categories in April, compared to 1.8 million in March. received over 100 responses to our callout from people caught up in this backlog, from those facing delays in visa processing times to those waiting to become permanent residents.

Source: Canada immigration backlog exceeds 2M, applicants in limbo

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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